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Hefner stiff, but OK day after elbow blow

Jeremy Hefner

Jeremy Hefner

#53 RP
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM26
  • W4

  • L7

  • BB18

  • K62

  • ERA5.09

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jeremy Hefner, who was struck on his pitching elbow Tuesday, said he survived the incident reasonably OK and his first regular-season start should not be in danger.

"I feel good," Hefner said. "I probably can't throw today, obviously. It's a little stiff. But I'm getting my range of motion back. We'll treat it the whole day. My goal is to play catch tomorrow, but their goal is probably a little different."

Hefner said he expects to break camp with the team and not be left behind to throw a simulated game to be ready for what is likely a start in the fourth game of the regular season.

"I think it depends on how my elbow reacts whether I'll throw one bullpen or throw a simulated game or what direction TC and Dan [Warthen] would take," Hefner said. "My understanding is I will go with the team."